Learn all about 19 Best Calathea Types! This genus has some of the most stunning varieties for your houseplant collection!
Calathea is a popular houseplant famous for its beautiful leaves. It comes in many varieties to choose from, each one of them distinct on its own! Regardless of which you’re going to pick from these Best Calathea Types, their eye-catching foliage is sure to turn many heads in your home!
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Best Calathea Types to Grow
1. Round-Leaf Calathea
Botanical Name: Calathea orbifolia
This variety has 8-12 inch wide, leathery leaves with creamy and light-green stripes. It prefers humid conditions and well-draining soil. Keep it under partial shade.
2. Rattlesnake Plant
Botanical Name: Calathea lancifolia
Rattlesnake calathea features long and narrow, light-green leaves with edges in dark green marks. Place the plant in bright filtered light and use a rich, well-draining soil.
3. Furry Feather
Botanical Name: Calathea rufibarba
Also known as velvet calathea, it has lance-shaped green foliage, with velvety purple undersides on long burgundy stems. It is tolerant to lower light conditions.
Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta
Corona or Rose painted calathea has large glossy foliage with bright green to creamy patterns. It thrives in well-draining soil. Protect the plant from cold drafts.
Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta ‘Dottie’
Dottie has deep-green foliage that looks almost black with fuschia pink outlines on each leaf. Keep it in bright, indirect sunlight and mist regularly to maintain humidity.
Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta ‘Rosey’
Rosey features large oval-shaped leaves with green edges and a pink center with purple undersides that fold during the night. Grow it in well-draining soil and protect it from cold drafts.
7. Jungle Velvet
Botanical Name: Calathea warscewiczii
It grows in lance-shaped, velvety dark green leaves with light green patterns. Grow the plant in high humid conditions or use a humidifier.
8. Peacock Calathea
Botanical Name: Calathea makoyana
This beautiful calathea has thin dark green to purple foliage with peacock markings having lime feathering on red-pink stems. Keep it in bright, indirect sunlight and high humidity.
9. Eternal Flame
Botanical Name: Calathea crocata
Eternal Flame’s ruffled lance-shaped dark green leaves retain their color for a long and look magnificent with yellow flowers! It thrives well in bright indirect sunlight; exposure to bright morning sun is beneficial.
Botanical Name: Calathea ornata
Pin-stripe offers foot long oblong dark green leaves patterned with pink-white stripes on long green stems. Grow this calathea in well-draining and slightly moist soil.
11. Zebra Calathea
Botanical Name: Calathea zebrina
The dark to mid-green patterns on its velvety leaves resembles a Zebra’s skin. It also grows purple-white flowers in spring. Place the plant in filtered sunlight for optimum growth.
Botanical Name: Calathea ornata ‘Sanderiana’
Sanderiana has glossy dark green leaves with rose-cream pinstripes and purple bottom sides. The plant thrives in indirect sunlight, so keep it in a bright spot.
Botanical Name: Calathea ‘Freddie’
Freddy looks quite stunning with its light green long narrow leaves patterned with dark-green feathery veins! Place the plant in bright indirect light, and follow these steps to maintain humidity.
Botanical Name: Calathea musaica ‘PP0005’
This stunningly textured cultivar has variegated small green leaves. The plant does well in bright indirect light, so keeping it by the East or West window is ideal.
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15. Fusion White
Botanical Name: Calathea ‘Fusion White’
Fusion white has a fantastic marbling of white and green on the foliage with a bright purple underside. If you love showy plants, this is the one to grow!
16. White Tiger
Botanical Name: Calathea albertii ‘White Tiger’
The white tiger has a charming white pattern in the shape of waves on the dark green leaves. Pair it with other varieties on this list for a splash of colors.
Botanical Name: Calathea ‘Misto’
A hybrid variety features dark green foliage with a light and bright green center with serrated variegation.
18. Beauty Star
Botanical Name: Calathea ‘Beauty Star’
If you love green, then you will absolutely adore this plant. The foliage has a bright green feathering from the center that flows towards the dark green ends of the leaves.
Botanical Name: Calathea roseopicta ‘Medallion’
The plant’s foliage has a certain sheen on the surface with hues of silver and emerald green on the green base. The back of the leaves is in the shade of purple.